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November 30, 2010

Porsche Automobile Holding SE, the family-controlled parent company of the carmaker Porsche, announced 29 November that it has returned to profit for the first three months of its fiscal year.

Porsche Automobile Holding SE, the family-controlled parent company of the carmaker Porsche, announced 29 November that it has returned to profit for the first three months of its fiscal year.

In a statement, Porsche said it has generated a net profit of €155 million for the three months from 1 August 2010, compared with a loss of €413 million for the same period in 2009. 

November 29, 2010

Porsche, the family-controlled car company, is hoping to gain approval for a €5 billion rights issue at its annual general meeting held 30 November.

Porsche, the family-controlled car company, is hoping to gain approval for a €5 billion rights issue at its annual general meeting held 30 November.

The rights issue is aimed at cutting the company's huge debt pile in order to smooth the way for the next stages of its merger with Volkswagen, the carmaker that is controlled by a rival branch of the founding Porsche family.

October 1, 2010

The war of words between the Riggio family and activist investor Ron Burkle came to a head this week at the Barnes & Noble annual general meeting when shareholders voted on Burkle’s proposals to change the company’s governance structure, writes Katie Barker

The war of words between the Riggio family and activist investor Ron Burkle came to a head this week at the Barnes & Noble annual general meeting when shareholders voted on Burkle's proposals to change the company's governance structure, writes Katie Barker.

The Riggio family succeeded in defending its position when shareholders voted to reinstate Leonard Riggio as chairman of the board and failed to pass Burkle's plan to loosen a poison pill provision that allows the family to hold the largest share.

September 15, 2010

Yucaipa Companies, the investment firm of activist shareholder Ron Burkle, has sent a letter to his fellow shareholders to “set facts straight on company performance” and dispute claims made by the Barnes & Noble board on 9 September.

Yucaipa Companies, the investment firm of activist shareholder Ron Burkle, has sent a letter to his fellow shareholders to "set facts straight on company performance" and dispute claims made by the Barnes & Noble board on 9 September. 

The letter, entitled "Enough with the fiction", accuses the Barnes & Noble board of attempting to "scare you with misleading statements about Yucaipa to distract you from the real issues."

September 10, 2010

Barnes & Noble, the US bookseller controlled by the Riggio family, has sent a letter to shareholders urging them to vote against proposals made by activist shareholder Ron Burkle.

Barnes & Noble, the US bookseller controlled by the Riggio family, has sent a letter to shareholders urging them to vote against proposals made by activist shareholder Ron Burkle.

In the letter, sent 9 September, the Barnes & Noble board asks shareholders to vote against both of Burkle's proposals at the annual general meeting on 28 September. It also attempts to outline how decisions taken by company management have increased shareholder value, contrary to Burkle's claims.

April 9, 2010

Raymond J Baer, founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company’s AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

Raymond J Baer (pictured), founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company's AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

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